About the competition

What is the Generation €uro Students’ Award?

The Generation €uro Students’ Award is a competition about monetary policy that is held in the euro area: 1) for international and European schools, and national schools abroad (e.g. a French lycée in Germany or a Spanish high school in Italy) by the European Central Bank (ECB); and 2) for national schools by the national central banks.

It is open to all secondary school students in transition year and fifth year. The competition is run by the Central Bank of Ireland in conjunction with the European Central Bank and is conducted simultaneously by other national central banks in the euro area. 

All students are entitled to take part, irrespective of the subjects they are studying, and a team should only consist of students from the same school. More than one team from the same school may participate. 

The timeline* for the 2019-20 ECB’s competition is as follows:

  • Round 1 (online quiz): 3 October to 2 December 2019
  • Round 2 (analysis): 13 December 2019 to 23 January 2020
  • Round 3 (presentation): 10 March 2020
  • European award event at the ECB: 19/20 May 2020

For more information on the rules and organisation of the competition, including the new provisions on qualifying scores for the online quiz (Round 1), please see the terms and conditions of the competition, or the FAQs for a brief overview.

*The timeline is subject to change

How can I enter the competition?

In order to enter the competition, you first need to form a team and register for the competition on this website (please click on “SIGN UP” and fill in the relevant form).
After registering, you can take the online quiz.

How is the winning team chosen?

The final winners will be decided on the basis of the presentation round. Once all the presentations and question and answer sessions have taken place, the jury will retire to decide on the winning team, taking into account:

  • the rationale underlying the proposed interest rate decision
  • the accuracy of that decision
  • familiarity with, and accurate use of, expressions and terms related to monetary policy
  • the structure of the presentation
  • oral presentation skills
  • level of participation among team members
  • the method used to give the presentation

What are the prizes?

The winning teams will receive some attractive prizes at the final event. In addition, they will be invited to a two-day event at the ECB in Frankfurt am Main (“European award event”). Here they will have an opportunity to meet the ECB’s President and the governors of the national central banks. Taking part in the competition will of course be a valuable and interesting learning experience for all those involved.

How do I find out about monetary policy?

In order to write the analysis and prepare the presentation, you need to work closely with your teacher. The requisite information is available in the “Resources” section of this website. Other relevant information can also be found on the websites of the European Central Bank, The Central Bank of Ireland and the national central banks.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact generationeuro@centralbank.ie for more information.